Why everybody should become a flexitarian?

Old man holding wooden crate filled with fresh vegetables - tomatoes, carrots, garlic and potatoes.

Many people have heard about vegans, rawatarians, vegetarians, and also about their philosophy and rules. A new eco-movement called Green Monday expands the boundaries between eating plant foods and complete abandoning the animal food with an environmental benefit.

The founder of eco-movement Green Monday is David Yeung. He also has a vested right for the introduction of the term “Flexitarian “. The essence and main rule of the new trend is the refusal of meat food for just one day a week.

The number of the movement followers is steadily growing and has already reached the level of 1.6 million people. Green Monday has collaborated with various well-known restaurants, schools and corporations who proudly pledged to abstain from meat one day a week for their planet and themselves.


According to David Yeung, the refusal to eat meat for just one day a week can significantly affect not only our health, but our environment, as well as reduce the consequences of global warming. In addition, the meat preparation process significantly pollutes the environment with carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, and also causes harm due to excessive use of water. By the way, to produce one pound of beef you need to expend 1,800-2,500 gallons of water.

The Green Monday movement is designed to solve the problems not only of Mother Nature, but of humanity. Most farmers feed cattle with grains and corn to produce premium quality meat. But these grains and corn can feed a part of hungry people in the world.

By the way, the trend does not quite correspond to the notion of fleckitarianism, since flexitarians will rather allow themselves to eat meat once a week than to abandon it for one day. As a matter of fact, true flexitarians keep a semi-vegetarian philosophy, being completely on a vegetative diet and periodically allowing them an animal food. And they were organized as a full-fledged trend back in 1992, and met with vigorous criticism of vegetarians who believed and believe that this direction could not even call themselves semi-vegetarianism.

However, the founder of Green Monday is sure that it is not necessary to go to extremes, and adding more greens to your diet for at least one day per week can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. A rejection of meat for one day will solve all of the above problems. Is it so? Time will tell.